2 Festive Outfits That Are Dressy But Not Dresses

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Pretty much every week in our London bridal boutique we see brides~to~be who feel a bit out of their depth wearing a dress and just not like themselves. Which in a Carrie Bradshaw type moment got us thinking…

Why is it that on a special occasion many automatically reach for a dress? If it doesn’t feel like you then here are 2 outfit ideas that we think are dressy enough for a work dinner, for cocktails on date night or an option for Christmas Day too. We are 2 girly girls that love a dress but sometimes we fall back on old favourites that we can’t get away from & a jean + top + heel combo is always gonna be one of them. The triple threat….

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

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Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

When it comes to buying festive outfits we loathe to purchase something that will be a one wear only thing. Our ethos nowadays when buying anything is that it must have multi uses that we know we can style in many ways. A dress we can layer, a piece we can dress up and down, a jacket that looks great with jeans and equally a midi skirt and sweater etc etc

If your shopping mindset is along the same lines then a great dressy festive event outfit option that’s not actually a dress, is a smart top dressed down with jeans but elevated with some epic heels. Of course there are tonnes of velvet pieces in the shops at this time of year {not complaining, we love it} so these heels were the starting focal point of this look {they are currently on sale too!} and something Carrie would do, right?

We then grabbed our current must have jean shape, the kick flare and styled up with one basic piece to dress the look down {jersey polo neck or v~neck tee} and one smarter option to dress the look up {a silky lace trim cami or floral kimono} et voilá a multi purpose festive look!

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Belle & Bunny Bibendem Christmas holiday outfit inspiration velvet denim

Alice wears poloneck by Dorothy Perkins {similar here}, camisole by asos, jeans by H&M {similar here} shoes by Boden, jacket by Monsoon, hat by asos {similar here}, bag by Hill & Friends

Hannah wears t-shirt by Weekday, bra by Topshop, kimono by Kiss the Sky, jeans by H&M, bag by Chanel, shoes by Boden, necklace by Muru

Photos by Victoria Metaxas

There is lots more festive outfit inspiration to come, so please check back soon!

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